Can I add a SAN to an existing server?

If you have a Mac Pro server running an operating system on bare metal (macOS1, for example), we can't provision SAN storage for it. Due to the configuration and storage type, the operating system is unable to connect to and manage SAN storage.

If your existing server is a Mac Pro running VMware and you wish to add SAN storage, this is possible. We'll need to take the server offline for a short period to present fibre channel connectivity to it. There is no additional labor cost when adding SAN at a later date.
Available add-ons for your server are accessible within your customer dashboard under the Add-Ons tab within the details of your subscription(s).

We do not support SAN storage on the Mac mini. It is not equipped to handle the network and bandwidth requirements of SAN storage. The Mac mini is also not listed in the VMware hardware compatibility list; the Mac Pro is listed (meaning you can receive support from VMware). The Mac Pro has dual ethernet ports and six Thunderbolt 2 ports to connect a fibre channel PCI card and take advantage of the throughput available from a SAN device.

If SAN is not a viable option, we also offer two other high-capacity external storage options. You may rent or colocate a 2.5" BUS-powered hard drive up to 4TB in size (either USB or Thunderbolt). We also have a dedicated NAS option up to 25TB that is connected either directly to a server (depending on space and I/O port availability) or via the local network.

1. macOS may be interchangeable with OS X, the name used for previous versions of Apple's Mac operating system.

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